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When Illinois Shut Down Detention Centers, One Detainee Made Sure Fellow Immigrants Got Help

Al-Amin Porosh has helped fellow detainees navigate an opaque immigrant detention system – and built a community behind bars.
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How the Border Patrol Became America’s “Most Dangerous Police Force”

In his new book, Reece Jones traces the Border Patrol’s growth into a militarized force that operates in large swaths of the United States.

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West Chicago is Cleaning Up the Last of its Nuclear Contamination. Residents Exposed to Radiation Say ‘It’s Not Over’

A local factory was once the largest producer of thorium in the world. This fall, the “radioactive capital of the Midwest” is doing one last cleanup.
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This Female Afghan Governor Fought Against the Taliban

Salima Mazari was one of just three women serving as a district governor in Afghanistan before the Taliban took over.
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Reclaiming the Sacrifice Zone

The youth-led campaign for environmental justice on the Southeast Side.
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How the Border Patrol Became America’s “Most Dangerous Police Force”

In his new book, Reece Jones traces the Border Patrol’s growth into a militarized force that operates in large swaths of the United States.
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Using Education to Overcome Health Care Barriers for Immigrants

The Immigrant Health Academy is helping Chicago area immigrants navigate the health care system and access funding for their medical bills.
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This Female Afghan Governor Fought Against the Taliban

Salima Mazari was one of just three women serving as a district governor in Afghanistan before the Taliban took over.
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When Illinois Shut Down Detention Centers, One Detainee Made Sure Fellow Immigrants Got Help

Al-Amin Porosh has helped fellow detainees navigate an opaque immigrant detention system – and built a community behind bars.
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Lawsuit: Indiana Jail Neglects Immigrants While Using ICE Funds as ‘Cash Cow’

A National Immigrant Justice Center lawsuit alleges that detained immigrants are being held in inhumane conditions, while Clay County misuses the money they receive from ICE to care for detainees.
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With Congress gridlocked, advocates say it’s up to state and local lawmakers to protect the undocumented elderly

Advocates say Illinois lawmakers should build welfare programs that mirror those for citizens, like food stamps and unemployment insurance.
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How to Find an Immigration Lawyer

When do you need an immigration lawyer? How can you find free legal help for your immigration case? We answer your questions.
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How to Support Ukrainians

A running list of events held by Chicagoans to build solidarity with and awareness of the ongoing war in Ukraine
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The Essential Guide to Mutual Aid Groups in Chicago

From Little Village to Rogers Park, where to give and get help from your neighbors this holiday season in Chicago and its suburbs.
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An Exiled Afghan Politician Keeps Fighting for Women

Naheed Farid was elected to the Afghan House of Representatives as one of its youngest members. Now exiled in Maryland, she continues to advocate for women in Afghanistan.
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An Afghan Lawmaker Fights for Justice While Exiled in the U.S.

Mahdi Rasikh went from weaving carpets in a refugee camp to representing his hometown in Afghanistan’s Parliament. But after the Taliban took over, Rasikh had to escape to the U.S.
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An Afghan Journalist’s Escape from the Taliban

Last August, after U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan, journalist Saleha Soadat was forced to leave her life in Kabul and seek safety abroad.